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Linn-Mar School Foundation

The Linn-Mar School Foundation strengthens the Marion and Cedar Rapids community by partnering with businesses and individuals to raise, steward and distribute donated funds, thereby enhancing educational excellence for present and future Linn-Mar students. 

Proudly, generous Linn-Mar School Foundation donors have invested over $2 million into classroom projects and curriculum needs. These gifts have impacted every school at Linn-Mar and have helped fund a variety of diverse programs in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM), classroom technology, performing arts, field trips, scholarships, literacy and media center materials, and emerging and underserved curriculum areas just to name a few. 


The Linn-Mar School Foundation raises private funds for public education. Since 1985 we’ve supported one of the fastest growing, top quality school districts in Iowa. With the support of our giving community, the Foundation helps ensure that Linn-Mar’s tradition of excellence extends into the 21st century with innovative new programs and measurable success in fundamental curriculum areas.

The Linn-Mar School Foundation:

Works with corporate and private donors to build general, endowed and designated funds for educational programs throughout the district;

Partners with teachers, parents and alumni to raise Smart Money in an annual fund drive for classroom and curriculum projects;

Brings donors and students together through scholarship funds that reward effort, determination and service;

Fosters relationships with the corporate giving community to ensure that work force and community values are preserved and strengthened.

Is creating a permanent funding source for Linn-Mar Schools by raising a $1,000,000 endowment through major and planned gifts.

Community leaders joined together in 1985 to create the Linn-Mar School Foundation. Many things have changed in the past 30 years; however, the Foundation’s purpose is more relevant today than ever before. An excellent public education system requires private support. The Foundation’s founders recognized this fact and put in place a support system to ensure that Linn-Mar Community Schools could grow, expand and excel with the help of private and corporate donors.


The first Foundation fund-raiser generated $2,000. Since that time, the Foundation has implemented and sustains several successful fundraising programs. It’s also well on its way to having a million dollar endowment.

In 2008, the Foundation launched Beyond, the Campaign for Linn-Mar’s Future to raise money for three endowed funds: the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fund, the GLOBE Fund for cultural and arts programs and the BOLD Fund to support broad, bold educational endeavors across the curriculum. Money from these and other endowed funds, as well as annual contributed support, is distributed to school programs throughout the district.

Over the years the Foundation has been instrumental in upgrading technology and library collections in most schools and meeting academic needs in individual classrooms and buildings. Current priorities align with the district’s goal to provide students with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to succeed in work and life in the 21st century. These skills include mastery of core subjects such as science, reading, history, language arts and math, as well as an understanding of global, cultural, health and civic issues.

Smart Money, the Annual Fund for Linn-Mar is currently underway.  Smart Money contributions are a way to make an immediate impact in our schools.  Contributions to this campaign are distributed to our schools in the form of grants ranging from 21st Century classroom technology, art & music enrichment, science, technology, engineering, arts & math (STEAM) initiatives, literacy & media center collections, under served and emerging curriculum areas and much more.

We are striving for a record-breaking goal for this years’ Smart Money campaign, $40,000!  With the tremendous support from our Linn-Mar families, grandparents, community friends, businesses and alumni, we can do this!  

You can help build on the success of current classroom programs, your gift can help a teacher with a new curriculum idea become a reality, you can help a student in need.  You are the key.  

Thank you for considering a special gift this year! 

Inspire Learning. Unlock Potential. Empower Achievement. This is our district’s mission. It is how we achieve excellence in education at Linn-Mar. “Excellence,” well defined, is much more than great teaching. Supportive friends like you help to make it happen.

Excellence is putting 21st Century technology in the hands of our students. It is providing Literacy, Music and Artist-in-Residence programs and offering Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) opportunities. Excellence is libraries filled with top-notch literacy and media center collections. Excellence is you helping students not only succeed but thrive! To remain one of the best educational districts in the state, we need to continue developing quality young people – bright, energetic, hardworking students who are here for a purpose – to learn, to grow, to achieve, to contribute to the well-being of society.

Your support will help to enhance our libraries, provide access to technology, serve emerging and underserved curriculum areas as well as develop 21st Century skills in our students. Contributing to the Linn-Mar School Foundation’s Smart Money Fund is a simple but critical step for our children, our future. 

You are making an important impact on education at Linn-Mar!  With your generous gifts, the Foundation is able to help enhance educational excellence in our district.  
We have jobs of all sizes, committee work, mailing and data entry projects, graphic design needs, event planning, board of directors positions.  Our Foundation volunteers are worth their weight in gold!

Contact Executive Director Shelley Woods at 447-3065 or to discuss different areas you might like to assist with.

Future Foundation Events - Save the Date

Drive For Your School - Saturday, August 26th, 2017 Linn-Mar High School
Dine For Our Schools - Thursday, September 21st.  Dine out at Marion & Cedar Rapids resturants to benefit the schools.

Linn-Mar Mane Event Gala - Friday, March 2nd, 2018 Cedar Rapids Marriott